The Australian's hate campaign against the Greens over their support for the Palestinian BDS against Israel shows no signs of abating (see my 8/4/11 post - with daily updates - The Australian Goes on the Warpath).
Indeed, even Murdoch tabloid the Daily Telegraph is now getting in on the act. But how strange!
What with federal Labor merging imperceptibly with the federal Liberal Party, and Australia transitioning in real time to a one-party state, and its NSW equivalent having just suffered the kind of electoral Gotterdammerung sufficient to prompt mild-mannered Herald journalist Mike Carlton to exclaim memorably, "good riddance. Gone at long last the touts and urgers, the cheats and liars, the knaves and bullies and developers' hustlers, the spongers and careerists, the back-stabbers and branch-stackers, the underpants dancers and shiraz-pickled lunchers and expense account rorters and porn-sniffing web surfers," it's the Greens - the Greens for God's sake - who are bearing the brunt of an orchestrated Murdoch media campaign unparalleled in its ferocity.
The Greens, apparently, are guilty of far far worse than NSW Labor could ever imagine:
They've been accused of 'extremism', 'sectarianism', and 'prejudice'.
Greens senator-elect Lee Rhiannon of 'hardline leftism', 'marching alongside Sheik Taj ad-Din al-Hilali', and being 'in denial'.
Marrickville mayor Fiona Byrne of being 'juvenile', 'making contradictory comments', and being on a 'strange quest'. No! I'm afraid so.
Newly elected Greens Lower House MP Jamie Parker has been accused of 'patronising and insulting 'progressive' Jews', and 'pillorying Jews who defend Israel's right to exist', God bless them. Yes, guilty as hell!
And Greens leader Bob Brown is copping it for 'double standards', 'hypocrisy', and
Enough already! NSW Labor, all is forgiven!
But seriously now, for Australia's Israel lobby and its vile creatures in the Murdoch press the Greens are not the target of this campaign per se. The one and only aim here is to propagate the myth that BDS (or indeed any other display of public support for Palestinian rights) is electoral poison. Let us hope that whatever the Greens do in the wake of last month's NSW state election they don't fall for it.